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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

chrisr

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About chrisr

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The snowman.
  • Location
    UK
  • Biography
    I like gadgets and my next plan is computerised lighting.
  • Interests
    Computers and gadgets
  • Occupation
    IT
  • About my display
    No display at current but i'm hoping to make it a good one.
  1. I went ahead and bought some of this stuff! Unfortunately not had a lot of time to play around with it, I did plug up the addressable rgb strip and run the sample demo on it! That was great! <blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="dfinn" data-cid="597382" data-time="1356469596"><p> Hi,<br /> <br /> I'm in the same position as yourself, their system looks great as you can wire up loads of low voltage UK lights to the controllers. I've had a play with the software and I am finding it really difficult to use but that might just be me. Much more difficult to get to grips with than LOR. I'm going to email them at some point as getting the beats of the music track in time with the lights seems impossible, but I might be wrong.<br /> <br /> Let me know how you get on.<br /> <br /> Dan</p></blockquote>
  2. Love that video - So the addressable led strips i've been looking at i guess this is the same as ccr?
  3. Hi All, I'm after a bit of advise on what to do and where to get stuff from?? I've found a company in the UK that looks like it does similar sort of things to LOR (http://syncrolight.co.uk). Has anyone heard of these guys? Any reviews? It looks like a good option as light o rama is expensive and hard to find in the uk - i'd really like to start planning and purchasing. Thanks
  4. Hi, Thanks for the message - I've had a look around on the forun cant find anything with the syncrolight . I wanna hit the button and buy alot of stuff just wanna make sure its any good.
  5. Hi, Thanks for the reply, What do you mean by 'Dumb' strips. I''ve been looking at the addressable led strips? Would that be the same as the CCR?
  6. I am a newbie from the UK and since seeing the Light o rama it has always been a dream. However recently i saw a nearby house that must be using some type of computerised lighting as it is pretty special. I'm after a bit of advise on what to do , where to get stuff from?? I've found a company in the UK that looks like it does similar sort of things (http://syncrolight.co.uk). Although they sell lights etc is there anywhere else in the uk to get this sort of thing? Has anyone heard of these guys? Any reviews? It looks like a good option as light o rama is expensive and hard to find in the uk. Thanks Chris
  7. Hi all, Sorry if this is in the wrong section but i'm looking at setting up myself a computerised show. Where do people get the lights from? Do they need to be specific ones? Im based in the UK so anywhere in the uk? Looking at Changing colour strips etc. Thanks Chris
  8. Hi All, I am a newbie from the UK and since seeing the Light o rama it has always been a dream. However recently i saw a nearby house that must be using some type of computerised lighting as it is pretty special. I'm after a bit of advise on what to do , where to get stuff from?? I've found a company in the UK that looks like it does similar sort of things (http://syncrolight.co.uk). Although they sell lights etc is there anywhere else in the uk to get this sort of thing? Has anyone heard of these guys? Any reviews? It looks like a good option as light o rama is expensive and hard to find in the uk. Thanks Chris
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